Program: #17-47 Air Date: Nov 11, 2017
This amazing new Italian label peers into hidden corners of early music (like the role of magic, and the rose in the world of renaissance dance)..
NOTE: All of the recordings on this program are part of the III Millennio label. For more information: http://www.iiimillennio.com
I. Ars Magica (La Rossignol) III Millennio CD CDA 0222.
Music and magic have always had the tightest of relationships. This release explores that relationship and connection between these two concepts. La Rossignol is a period music and dance ensemble that focuses on Renaissance music. The group has been active since 1987, and consists of seven early music specialists. The group tours across Europe, and has an extensive discography of more than ten releases. They particularly pay attention to the reconstruction of historical costumes, which they wear during their performances.
II. Danze del Medioevo (Aurea Proportio) III Millennio CD CDA 0221.
The program of this new release consists of classics of early repertoire in it’s most utilized form- dances. Between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, dances were played as entertainment for every social class. Saltarelli, pive, estampie, and standpipes are all musical forms in ternary rhythm, suitable for dynamic and jumping movements. The instrumental ensemble Aurea Proportio was founded in 1993 by a group of musicians and researchers with classical education. They deal mostly with the origins of early music, and perform with instruments built based on early models.
III. O florens rosa (La Rossignol) III Millennio CD CDA 0195.
The rose, as it already was during the Middle Ages, continues to be one of the symbolic images of Renaissance civility. Its different values have persisted for ages: the religious one (the rose symbolizing the Madonna/Mother Mary, image of absolute pureness), the profane one (as a personification of the beloved one) and the esoteric one (symbol of resurrection, immortality, regeneration). This release, recorded live in a fifth century church in Santa Maria in Bressanoro in Castelleone, creates particularly varied and rich atmospheres: the compositions of great authors like Dunstable, Ciconia, Frescobaldi and Monteverdi meet in an aesthetical rather than in a chronological order. They melt together with the very direct, popular versions of devotional praise-songs of Dammonis and, singing and dancing to them, they celebrate the spring awakening of all senses and of passion, as if on a happy trip toward a new sense of harmony, toward the perfection of music, in a period when music still contributes to the great evolution of thought.
III Millennio CD CDA 0222, III Millennio CD CDA 0221, III Millennio CD CDA 0195.